I have often wondered why people go to a restaurant that lacks a heart. Yet that goes for most of them. Surely there should be something that attracts and warms the spirit. I always look for restaurants with some musical entertainment. And by that I do not mean a squealing noise that one is forced to put up with in American Stores and Supermarkets. I mean music. Of course music or any other entertainment does not make up for bad food and bad service.
In the case of la Bastille it is the host who provides the heart and sole of the restaurant. He is charming and courteous and spent more time than I would have expected in talking with us and making sure we were happy with the food. He is from Zurich, a city I know well, and has lived and worked in many countries. In fact his first job as a chef was in Golders Green, London, practically across the street from where I was born.
It is surprising that Tommy can spend so much quality time with his guests when you know that he is also the chef. His food was excellent, his company enjoyable and he had quiet jazz playing in the background. A truly enjoyable experience for our 18th anniversary.
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